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Back at the end of 2016, I travelled to the beautiful country of Iceland.
Attracted by the island’s unique geology and desolate, volcanic landscape, I’d been longing to go there for years; but with the country being known for its controversial whaling industry, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Finding Vegan Food in Iceland
When we arrived it was early afternoon, and it was already beginning to get dark, so we dropped our bags at our AirBnB (a cosy apartment in Reykjavik) and headed across to the supermarket, to pick up some food and supplies!
To my surprise, I was delighted to find that the small store was stocked with an amazing range of vegan products; including vegan cheeses, vegan chocolate and plant milks.
They even had the VeganEgg, which I’d been wanting to try for years!
The VeganEgg is a super-realistic egg substitute which looks, smells and tastes like real egg, but is actually made from algae! (It sounds gross, I know, but it’s actually really delicious!)
Vegan Food in Reykjavik
The second place we visited was a canteen-style vegetarian restaurant called Glo (which turned out to not to be vegetarian at all!!).
They had some delicious-sounding vegan (and gluten-free) meals on their menu, but unfortunately, their food wasn’t as good as I’d hoped! (Judging by other people’s reviews of this restaurant though, I think we just caught them on an off-day!)
Overall, I found Reykjavik to be a really charming little place with friendly people, super low crime rates and a small-town ‘arty’ vibe.
Despite it being one of the nicest cities I’ve ever been to though, it was difficult not to feel unsettled by some of the things they had for sale there – namely the whale meat, taxidermy and reindeer hides. 😢
It surprises me that Iceland can be so forward-thinking in their support of gay rights, gender equality and freeing the nipple (in sub-zero temperatures!) yet they still support the cruel and damaging whaling industry. Hopefully though, as attitudes change, this will one day become a thing of the past.
Despite my views, Iceland was more vegan-friendly than I’d ever imagined, and I fell completely in love with the country’s unique and enchanting charm.
I especially enjoyed seeing their natural, bubbling hot springs, the Strokkur geyser and some seriously impressive waterfalls – which were all completely out of this world!
If you’d like to see a little more of my trip, please feel free to check out my video below. 😊
Have you been to Iceland or would you like to go? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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